Christopher Nolan on filmmaking – part I


Here is part one of two of an in depth discussion and breakdown of how Nolan has shot the remake of Insomnia. Quite illuminating; learn and enjoy. For those who do not know, Chris is a self-taught filmmaker. You can find out more about it here. Also check out the DGA interview conducted last year which is quite illuminating as well.


What benefits were there in being self-taught rather than going to film school?

A very organic approach to understanding all the different bits of the craft. I’m interested in every different bit of filmmaking because I had to do every bit of it myself—from sound recording and ADR to editing and music. I feel very lucky to be a member of probably the last generation who cut film on a Steenbeck flatbed, physically taping it together and dropping out shots. It gave me a really good grounding in knowing overall what has to go into a film technically that was very valuable. And it meant that absolutely everything I did was simply because I was passionate and wanted to try stuff. You’re never going to learn something as profoundly as when it’s purely out of curiosity.


2 thoughts on “Christopher Nolan on filmmaking – part I

  1. thanks for putting this together. I love the bit about how he forced the shots to be centered around Al’s eyeline. Plus Pacino’s tip about setting up the same scene in a variety of ways in order for the actors to find themselves.

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